Pasta with Sausage & Swiss Chard

IMG_4811Hello there– This has got to be one of my favorite easy week night dinners.  The spicy sausage, savory chard, sweet red pepper against all that mellow pasta.  Can’t beat it.  And it is pretty much ready in about 20 minutes.

3 tab. olive oil
2 Italian sausage links (hot or mild, pork or turkey)
1/3 large yellow onion, cut to tiny bits
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/3 up red bell pepper, cut fine
1/4 cup parmesan-romano
4 big beautiful Swiss chard leaves, ribs removed & cut to shreds
8 oz. spaghetti noodles

Heat the oil in a pan and throw in the chopped onion and sausage, skins removed.  Break up the sausage into small bits as it cooks using a wooden spoon.  When the sausage is browned, add in the garlic and red pepper and cook a minute or two more.
Then stir in the parmesan-romano, and finally the Swiss chard leaves.  Just cook the chard for a minute two until is just starts to wilt–not long enough to get soggy.

While all the above is happening. Boil the water with a good sprinkle of salt and a glug of olive oil and cook the spaghetti according to the package directions.

Drain the pasta– add a bit of the pasta water to your pork/chard mixture if it seems a little dry.  Then layer the pasta and the rest on to a plate and dig in while it’s hot!

4 thoughts on “Pasta with Sausage & Swiss Chard

  1. What a coincidence! I just made sausage and chard pasta for lunch. I did not use bell peppers, but I will sure keep your recipe in mind for the next time I make this dish; we have really been loving this dish, but I am sure a little change in the form of bell peppers would be quite welcome!

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